+Body and +Heading

Discussion in 'Microsoft Word New Users' started by Daddy, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Daddy

    Daddy Guest

    [Egads - Two questions from me in one day.]

    What are the +Body and +Heading fonts that I see in Word 2010?

    Daddy, Jun 13, 2011
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  2. The font for many styles in Word (unless you change it to a specific font)
    is defined as being either the Body font or the Heading font. This is
    determined by the theme. If, instead of assigning a specific font to a
    style, you choose Body or Heading, then if you apply a different theme that
    uses different Body and Heading fonts, your styles will change
    automatically. You still define the font size and other properties (Bold,
    Italic) in the paragraph style, but the font itself can be variable. If you
    want only specific fonts for the styles (and this would especially be true
    in a template that used more than two fonts), then you can define them in
    the template styles; they would then not change if you applied a different
    theme (though some other elements, such as colors, might).

    You can see how this works (with Live Preview) by selecting a document that
    has both headings and body text in it and then hovering over the various
    theme font sets in Home | Styles | Change Styles | Fonts.

    Suzanne S. Barnhill
    Microsoft MVP (Word)
    Words into Type
    Fairhope, Alabama USA
    Suzanne S. Barnhill, Jun 13, 2011
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  3. Daddy

    Daddy Guest

    Thanks very much for your help.

    So, if I understood you, many or most fonts in Word fall into one of two
    main categories: They are either 'body' fonts - that are used in the
    main body of a document - or 'heading' fonts - that are used in the
    headings of a document. Correct so far?

    So if I choose the +Body font (for example), that means I'm choosing
    whatever is considered to be the main body font for the particular style
    set I have selected. I would choose +Body instead of specifying a
    particular font (Arial, Calibri, etc.) for the body of my document. The
    idea being that a style set will have consistent look and feel.

    How am I doing so far?

    What messes me up is that in versions of Word prior to 2007, Body Text
    was the name of a font. I used to use Body Text for the body of my
    documents, and by basing other fonts in my document on Body Text, I was
    able to achieve a consistent look and feel.

    So how does +Body relate to the old 'Body Text'. Does +Body replace Body
    Text in Word 2007/2010?

    (As an aside, Microsoft is famous for using confusingly similar
    terminology, and Word 2007/2010 is a prize winner in that regard.)

    Daddy, Jun 14, 2011
  4. The Body Text style still exists, along with all the others that are based
    on it. As far as I can tell, the +Headings font is used for all the built-in
    heading styles (1-9), plus Title and Subtitle and TOA Heading, and all the
    rest of the styles are based on Normal (which uses +Body). I don't claim to
    understand any of this, as I am just learning about it myself, and I'm not
    convinced it is really helpful for the way I work, but I can see that, in
    theory, it would be useful.

    Suzanne S. Barnhill
    Microsoft MVP (Word)
    Words into Type
    Fairhope, Alabama USA
    Suzanne S. Barnhill, Jun 14, 2011
  5. Daddy

    Daddy Guest

    Okay...I 'get it' now, after a little more research.

    First: +Body is a /font/; Body Text is a /style/. Just like +Heading is
    a /font/ and Heading1, Heading2, etc. are /styles/.

    If you're into using document 'themes' in Word, +Body is the font used
    for text that is marked as Body and +Headings is the font that is used
    for text that is marked as Headings.

    If you want to see which fonts will be the +Body font and the +Headings
    font for any given theme, go to the Themes group in the Page Layout
    ribbon and click on Theme Fonts (the icon with the 'A').

    If you don't used/aren't interested in document themes, just ignore
    +Body and +Headings.

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

    Daddy, Jun 15, 2011
  6. Yes, I think you understand at least as much as I do now!

    Suzanne S. Barnhill
    Microsoft MVP (Word)
    Words into Type
    Fairhope, Alabama USA
    Suzanne S. Barnhill, Jun 15, 2011
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